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The Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework (Framework) defines the building blocks to help brands successfully navigate current and future packaging and recycling system challenges, making circularity tangible. For a period of 30 days from August 19th through September 17th, we opened the Framework for public comment, a first of its kind opportunity for the entire recycling value chain to assist in the process of determining recyclability.

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The Framework, the first of several elements of the Pathway to Circularity in development, strives to deliver new depth to industry conversations and bring to light the interdependence of the varying factors that shape recycling. The Framework will help companies determine if their package can navigate the recycling system and provide them with the necessary actions to advance their packaging toward recyclability and meet their sustainability goals.

In previous weeks, we hosted two introductory webinars to review the framework in detail. Recordings of these are now available.

Thank you for your feedback, so that we can ensure that the Framework is as fair and comprehensive as it can be, for the benefit of all stakeholders in the recycling system.

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What is the Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework and how is it different from existing frameworks?

The Framework, created through the Pathway to Circularity initiative, defines five building blocks critical to progressing packaging design for recyclability  – design for circularity, recyclability prevalence, access and adoption, capture journey, and packaging fate, along with key requirements within each block. The Framework is an important tool in transforming the recycling system by aligning stakeholders behind the steps needed to evolve the packaging that is going into it.

Making packaging recyclable is complex, and isn’t something one organization can do alone. Guidelines are needed to support the development process; currently there are no transparent national guidelines in place. The Framework aims to fill that gap.

We see a critical role for the Framework going forward in:

  • Shaping package design
  • Helping policymakers by defining what is recyclable
  • Informing recyclability claims
  • Driving new innovations

Read more about the Pathway to Circularity here.

Why are you asking for my feedback and how will I know you are taking it seriously?

The goal of the public comment period from August 19 – September 17 is to get the broadest possible stakeholder input and progress the Framework in partnership with the whole industry: we want to build it together so that it works for everyone. During the stakeholder engagement period, comments submitted online are being collected for review.

Who is eligible to comment on the framework?

The Partnership is seeking feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders, including representatives from the industry, retailers, brands, nonprofits and governmental bodies. During the Pathway Stakeholder Engagement period, any member of the public may comment once they have submitted their name, organization and accepted the Terms and Conditions.

What will happen after the stakeholder engagement period closes?

After the comment period closes, The Partnership will review and respond to the comments submitted. After that, we will announce the conclusion of the stakeholder engagement period and the publication of the comments.

What is the benefit of attending one of the Pathway to Circularity webinars? Do I need to attend in order to comment on the framework?

The two webinars serve as introductory sessions to the work that The Partnership and the Circularity Council has done to date on the Pathway to Circularity Recyclability Framework. By attending a webinar, listeners will learn about the formation of the Pathway, the Circularity Council and the Framework. While it is not mandatory to attend in order to comment on the Framework, commenters may benefit from hearing live descriptions of the initiative and from asking clarifying questions.

Will the public webinars be recorded?

Yes, both webinars will be recorded, and the recordings will be posted on this page.

How can I get more involved with The Partnership and further development of the Pathway?

Reach out to bschmitt@recyclingpartnership.org to discuss partnership opportunities. Stay up-to-date on the Pathway development by joining the Pathway to Circularity mailing list. Follow The Partnership on social media to learn more about what we’re doing to accelerate recycling and circularity in the U.S.

When can I view the Framework?

The full Framework will be linked from this page from August 19th when the public comment period opens. You will be able to view, download, comment etc. as desired from that date. The Framework will remain open for 30 days, from August 19 through September 17. A more detailed walkthrough will also be shared on the webinars which you can register for above.